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Shooting @MayorEmanuel

Dan Sinker is @MayorEmanuel. Never let it be said that Daniel X. O'Neil cannot keep a secret. This morning I went to Sinker's house to take some pics for him. One ended up in The Atlantic piece:

Dan Sinker is @MayorEmanuel

But I like this Seesmic money shot better:

Dan Sinker is @MayorEmanuel (With Seesmic for Android)

The final glory of my day is that the amazing Alexis Madrigal chose to close his story with a tweet I wrote:

@skabaru it was a story about love all along, wadnit? Glorious motherfucking cross-species time-bending Chicago-style love. #RIMFP

All hail Dan Sinker.

My Favorite Pic of the Election

I took this on Election Night at the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers, Local 130.

Wet Bushes

Wet Bushes, originally uploaded by juggernautco.

At Herrick Lake, late on an inky Sunday in late February. Complete set here.

My Ballot

It was nice to have such a simple ballot, devoid of judges. Here's how I voted:

  • Mayor: Rahm. See here for details
  • Clerk: Mendoza. I heard nothing bad about her, and people I respect support her
  • Treasurer: Neely. Unopposed, but I went ahead and connected the bars for her. She's been doing the job, and she's always seemed competent to me
  • Alderman: Colon. I've considered going for Schiavone, mainly because I liked her graphics and she (or her staff) interacted with me on Twitter. I even pledged my damn vote to her. Alas, once in the booth I was reminded that she never really gave me much reason to vote for her, that Colon had never done anything bad to me (in fact, he was one of a handful of Alderman to vote against the parking meter deal) and a mere @reply on Twitter need not determine the future of Democracy

Here's my ballot, as generated by the excellent Chicago Tribune Ballot Builder:


And here's a pic of it IRL:


Election Scene

Scene: Lutheran church basement in Logan Square, 35th Ward.

Me: Hi, I'm here to vote.

Election judge (EJ): What street do you live on?

Me: Fairfield.

EJ: (Incredulous, gasping): Fairfield!?! What the fuck are you doing here?

Me: This is where I've voted for the last 7 years.

EJ: (checks thick paper voter roll book, cursorily). You vote at (the Catholic church down the street). If you don't know where that is, you're fucking stupid and have no right to vote.

Me: Thank you.

Why I Support Rahm Emanuel for Mayor of the City of Chicago

Today is Election Day in Chicago. We are electing a new Mayor and also voting on a host of other municipal slots, including all Aldermen. Here's why I support Rahm Emanuel for Mayor of the City of Chicago:

1. Policy: I find Rahm's policies on good government, and TIF Reform to be credible and specific. I know less about crime and job creation, but I believe that he's talking to the right people and asking the right questions. He has specific ideas on how to "bring innovators to Chicago, attract tech talent, and help Chicago start-up and tech companies thrive". That's the business I'm in, and it is what keeps me up at night. He speaks directly to me there.

2. Power: I find Rahm's background and experience pretty damn compelling. He's been the House Democratic Caucus Chair and the Chief of Staff for the President of the United States. The amazing amount of money he's been able to raise from all sorts of (mostly rich) people also indicates a certain ability to win friends and influence people. Chicagoans, technology titans, NYC business types, Hollywood mainstays, and so on. I want that power working for us.

3. Process of elimination: There are six people on the ballot, and Rahm Emanuel is clearly the best choice. In addition to the reasons above, here's how I got there:

Gery Chico is highly qualified. I really think he could easily be a good Mayor. He's done many jobs in City government and has worked the system from the outside as well. But it seems like everything he says is tinged with his electoral necessities-- appealing to existing progressive power structures. Oddly enough, I think he would owe too much to the people who are going to have to make the biggest sacrifices to get us out of our financial issues. Also: he's from the South Side, and I'm from the North Side. Provincialism lives.

Miguel del Valle: this one hurts. Del Valle is one of our city's heroes. He was my State Senator in 1987. He brought honor back to the City Clerk job that Jim Laski defiled with his brown bag payments. He has reformed and modernized that office with great energy. But Miguel del Valle is not going to be the next Mayor, and I want to vote for the winner. Go ahead and call me shallow-- I've been on the losing side, and I've been on the winning side. I prefer winning.

Carol Mosely Braun: my former U.S. Senator. I was very proud to have voted for her. She has done nothing whatsoever in this campaign to get me to vote for her.

Van Pelt Watkins and Walls? Not credible candidates, in my humble opinion.


Rahm Emanuel, Pointing, With Chicago Flag in Background, in b/w

This is not a perfect outcome, according to the movie inside my head. I would have loved to see 1983 strike fire again. I was in the crowd outside City Hall after Mayor Harold Washington died. I long to take the streets again, and be so passionate about a leader. It would be nice if the reform of City government were carried out by an outsider. In fact, I reacted viscerally last Spring when Rahm first floated the idea of being Mayor. I'll save you the click-- here's the juicy bit:

So Rahm Emanuel thinks he's next in line as Mayor of the City of Chicago. I want to go on record as saying "No thank you, sir". Respectfully, no. No, but thank you for your interest.

So it is with great pride that I eat those words. He has made me a believer. There are some softer reasons as well-- humor, profanity, attitude. I like him. I heartily support support Rahm Emanuel for Mayor of the City of Chicago.

I Got Married Last Week

Last Thursday I married Shawn-Laree de St. Aubin in the offices of Cook County Clerk David Orr. A great, great day.


Image by Dave Holland.


Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.


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